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2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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If Ford does one thing better than building tough trucks, it's selling them. Rising fuel prices and a move toward smaller vehicles have forced the company to revise its 2008 F-150 line-up by offering more features and options with an aggressive new pricing strategy. Determined to keep the F-150 America's best-selling pickup, Ford continues to offer a dizzying array of configurations as well as a new 5.4-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine that can run on E85, a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Tough competition from Dodge, as well as new lines from GMC and Chevrolet, will keep the fire under the F-150's tires, which could very well translate into some great deals for the savvy consumer.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a pickup-truck kind of person to begin with, but your spouse is not, this truck could very well win him or her over. Bold colors, outrageous trim packages, a lavish interior and the all-American big Blue Oval should win thumbs-up approval.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like your trucks rough, loud and shaky, this one won't cut it. On a serious note, the 2008 Ford F-150 cannot claim the most horsepower or torque in its class, an important bragging right for some truck owners. Safety-conscious consumers won't care for the lack of side-impact and side-curtain airbags.

What's New for 2008

New options include a factory-installed cargo management system, remote start, manual telescoping trailer mirrors and a rear backup camera which displays its image in the rearview mirror. New trims include the Lariat Limited, STX Wheels and Stripes package and the XL SuperCrew. Fleet buyers can opt for a mid-box cargo container that fits between the cab and the bed.

Driving the F150 Regular Cab
Driving Impressions

Power is the name of the game when it comes to full-size trucks, and here Ford has made some significant advances. The Triton 5.4-liter V8 features a three-valve-per-cylinder design and...

... variable cam timing to generate 300 horsepower and a healthy 365 pound-feet of torque. A beefed-up version of the 4R75E automatic transmission has been assigned to handle the engine's added muscle. Gone are the long-familiar Ford power steering system and torsion bar front suspension; replacing them are a modern rack-and-pinion steering and front coil-over-shock suspension. The combination of these features makes these the best-handling, best-riding F-150s to ever leave a Ford factory. If you grew up driving older F-150 models (2004 or prior), you'll be duly impressed by the dead-on steering feel and straight-line tracking of today's F-150s.

Cargo Management System
Installed at the factory, Ford's new Cargo Management System (available only on short-bed Styleside models) consists of two rails, a pair of bins, a pair of crossbars and a header bar.

Small Rear Door
Regular Cab models have a small rear door to help load items behind the back seat.

2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab Details
Interior

The F-150's interior is as close to car-like as you'll find in any pickup. Not only is the new F-150 better looking inside, it's also more quiet, safe and spacious. The dash and interior design on the base models look good enough, but the addition of leather, wood, chrome and center console-mounted shifter found on the high-end models combine to raise the bar on the plush pickup concept. Seating is firm and upright, and SuperCrew models feature lots of rear legroom and amenities such as DVD-entertainment and power windows.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford F-150 carries over with only minor exterior upgrades. The recently redesigned shapely Ford body, egg-crate grille and Blue Oval badging remain intact, surrounded by some new chrome trim and a crop of fresh new colors. The F-150's silhouette is easy to spot, thanks to its tall bed wall (about two inches taller than the previous-generation F-150). Though it looks different, some may find the tall bed walls make it difficult to reach a toolbox from the side of the truck. The Regular Cab features a set of small, rear-hinged doors that allow easy access to the narrow space behind the front seat. Those who like to have as much fresh air in the cabin as possible will appreciate the SuperCab's optional rear roll-down windows, a first in this segment.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base F-150 has a 202-horsepower V6, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 26-gallon fuel tank, AM/FM stereo, dual side mirrors, vinyl split-bench seat, tilt wheel, power steering, locking tailgate and 17-inch steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

The F-150 offers numerous trim levels, engine choices and bed and cab lengths. Notable options include a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter Triton V8, power seats, power windows, power locks, remote entry, keypad unlocking system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather seats, DVD navigation, trailer and towing packages, power sliding rear window, cruise control, power moonroof, Reverse Sensing System, limited-slip differential, 35.7-gallon fuel tank, Rearview back-up camera, mechanical or automatic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power-adjustable pedals and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Base Regular Cab models are powered by a tepid but fuel-efficient (for a big truck) V6. We don't recommend this engine for towing or hauling heavy loads. The 4.6-liter V8 engine might save you some money, but it, too, seems to lack the punch this truck deserves. We prefer the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which has the power to move, haul and tow that fits this truck's can-do image.

4.2-liter V6
202 horsepower @ 4350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (manual), 14/19 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
248 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
294 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD)

5.4-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (2WD Gasoline), 10/13 (2WD E85),
12/16 (4WD Gasoline), 9/12 (4WD E85)

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2008 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 2433 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

A 10 Year Nightmare Don't be me.

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Zero Pros - Yes Zero !"

Cons: "Everything !"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This f150 is so terrible that a wrote a blog about it on my website just google - f150 is the worst truck ever. I can't fit all the problems on this page, there are just to many. Let's talk about engine replacement at 60K, 2 transmissions, ABS system total replacement, brakes tires every 2-3 years, front end replacement every 2 years ball joints etc. Rear End gears replacement twice. Nothing but problems. Seriously don't do it. I owned this truck for 10 years and the total payout with monthly payments, fixes not including tires every 2 -3 years is around 60K I have it all on my quick-books. The repair costs on my F150 is so bad that my accountant called me and thought i was cooking the books with the expenses because he has never seen so many repairs on a truck. My accountant has been in business for 20 years +. Zero horsepower with 8 MPG in the city. Pathetic seriously. I'll pay the fixes no problem but at-least give me some HP. My 2000 Honda accord has more HP then this f150. I hate this f150 so much that i want to light it on Fire."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Bought this new. owned many, pickups, the best one

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,283

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury with utility. The best of both worlds."

Cons: "I only get about 16 mpg on the road and 12 in town"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned a lot of pick-ups, both new and used, of several brands, this is the best one yet. While I do not use it as much as in the past, as I am retired now, I have moved many different loads, including a full size backhoe. Mainly used for doing maintenance work and pleasure. It has performed better then I expected. It is the Lariat model with largest V-8 and all the toys. As for ride, it rivals my luxury sedan. If the need came up, I would replace it with another one just like it."

LEMON!!!

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "plenty of leg room-comfy while driving"

Cons: "rust bucket!! everything is rusted & briddle!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I paid 23,000 in 2011 with 18000mls.. the first yr., nothing,ran great,no problems. 2nd yr., every thing started to go.(first)the line going from the PS pump to the rack rotted out,shouldn''t happen on a 4 yr. old truck! then the rack & pinion shaft went,then the steering knuckle went,then the upper ball joints went,then the steering pump went,the gen.light keeps coming on,going off for 2 yrs.,now the 4x4 won't ingage(lousy system),up to $1000 to fix. Tranny blew(111,000)had rebuilt put in,cost $3200, a month later, cooler line going to radiator rotted out(broke the radiator inlet when trying to remove old line which meant that the radiator & tranny cooler had to be replaced.I put in over $8,000 out of my pocket for a truck less than 6 yrs. old. Wish I stuck with Chevrolet!!! Don't buy one!!!"

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

4th F150 with V8...

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 207,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quick acceleration even when loaded."

Cons: "exhaust manifold leak that happens"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my 4th F150. Have used it to haul a 3 horse slant load, gooseneck (like a 5th wheel)horse trailer all over Michigan. (NOT recommended for states with mountains.) With regular care, and immediate repair when something does wear out, still going strong. My biggest gripe - mechanically - is the failure of the exhaust manifold whatever-it-is that makes it sound like it needs a valve job. Fixed it once already. Another gripe is the rust-out of the fog lights and the access plug for the spare tire. Really? You can't provide some protection to those areas Ford? Replaced front shocks etc. Still running original equipment on rear axle. Drive 3-4 miles each day on gravel road before hitting pavement."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

NIIIIIIce Truck

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "brand new motor with 3 year warranty"

Cons: "too big for me, needs a man for an owner."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Nice truck with new motor with 3 year warranty, new tires, cd player, ac, too much to include

"nice truck with new motor with a 3 year guaranteed warranty from Ford Dealership. truck is nice to drive and ride. has 120,000 on it but a new motor with 1500 miles on it. looks like runs better than a new one. highly maintained in excellent condition."

Nice truck with new motor with 3 year warranty, new tires, cd player, ac, too much to include

Rock solid truck!

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "powerful, rock solid, depenable,"

Cons: "none that i can think of..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

My 05 Ford f150

"Ive owned my f150 now for about 6 years and im extremely happy with it. Its only broke down on me one time and it was a cheap fix. Very reliable and drives like a luxury car. It has the 5.4L Triton engine and has gobs of power and torque. I wouldnt hesitate to buy another one."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

My 05 Ford f150

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